Galinha Cafreal Recipe

Galinha Cafreal (chicken marinated and fried)

Background: Galinha is Portuguese for chicken. This recipe is believed to have originated from Africa. It basically means “grilled chicken”, although in Goa it is fried instead of being cooked under the grill.

Galinha Cafreal

Galinha Cafreal

1 large chicken (1 and 1/2 kg) jointed
6 green chillies/peppers
1 and 1/2 inch piece ginger
10 cloves garlic
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp oil
2 medium onions, chopped fine
4 large tomatoes, halved
6 medium potatoes, boiled, halved

Grind to a fine paste, the ginger, garlic and all the spices in the lemon juice, including the green chillies/peppers and half chopped onions, adding salt to taste. Massage the ground spices into the chicken pieces. Joint the chicken and apply the ground spices to the chicken pieces. Marinate the chicken for 2 hours. Heat oil in a pan on medium flame and sauté the rest of the chopped onion. Fry the chicken, turning occasionally untill the pieces are brown and well cooked (approx. 20 mins). In a separate pan, heat 1 tbsp oil and fry potatoes and then very lightly the halved tomatoes. Serve the chicken with the fried potatoes and tomatoes.

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